on the road again… | new mexico | roswell

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The aliens are organized. And their headquarters is, obviously, in downtown Roswell.
The aliens are organized. And their headquarters is, obviously, in downtown Roswell.

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Not quite equal parts legit museum and tourist trap (I'd say 75/25 in favor of museum), the International UFO Museum and Research Center tackles the Roswell incident at Area 51 from all angles, offering evidence for both believer and skeptics alike.
Not quite equal parts legit museum and tourist trap (I’d say 75/25 in favor of museum), the International UFO Museum and Research Center tackles the Roswell incident at Area 51 from all angles, offering evidence for both believer and skeptics alike.

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One of the cooler features of the International UFO Museum and Research Center: life-size (??) grey aliens, complete with periodic bursts of smoke from a life-size (??) saucer.
One of the cooler features of the International UFO Museum and Research Center: life-size (??) grey aliens, complete with periodic bursts of smoke from a life-size (??) saucer.

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Wait…Bigfoot is an ALIEN?!?!?!?!?!?

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Yes. This is a reproduction of an alien autopsy. Complete with a Man in Black. I have no words.
Interesting business model. I wonder what brings in the most profit?
Interesting business model. I wonder what brings in the most profit?
#non-earthlingmarriageequality #spaceloveislove
#non-earthlingmarriageequality #spaceloveislove

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Even McDonald's is space-craft-shaped.
Even McDonald’s is space-craft-shaped.
En route from Roswell to Hobbs.
En route from Roswell to Hobbs.

 

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How cute is this little dude??? I watched him finish CROSSING THE HIGHWAY en route from Roswell to Hobbs yesterday. Turtle’s got balls. That could be either a metaphorical or literal statement. I didn’t attempt to gender the turtle. Seemed rude. We just met. Also, not really my business.
You'd think after living in Roswell and dealing with extraterrestrials, this turtle would be cool with me and my camera...
You’d think after living in Roswell and dealing with extraterrestrials, this turtle would be cool with me and my camera…
Nope. He was NOT feeling me.
Nope. He was NOT feeling me.

 

on the road again…| montana | grey cliff | prairie dog town state park

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When I found out there was an entire town dedicated to prairie dogs within 45 min of where I was staying, you know I had to visit.

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Ears on fleek.
Prairie dog contemplating the beauty of a Montana sunset...
Prairie dog contemplating the beauty of a Montana sunset…

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Prairie dogs signal to the members of their community that danger is near by barking and wagging their tails, while everyone else scurries into their burrows. Apparently, I’m dangerous.
These trees are terrifying...
These trees are terrifying…
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Thank goodness for the zoom on my lens. Nope. Nope. NOPE.

on the road again…| montana | red lodge

 

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The Montana Candy Emporium was AMAZING! Barrels upon barrels of every type of taffy you could imagine and the richest homemade fudge I’ve had in ages! The decor alone is reason enough to drop in…

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All candy stores should have a giant stuffed ostrich. #justsayin’

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Antique store in the front. Antique gun shop in the back. Never have I seen so many historic guns in one place (outside a museum). But I opted for a sunbleached elk antler for my coffee table, not a Winchester…that’s a type of gun, right? Did I just drop an accurate gun reference?? The west is rubbing off on me ūüôā

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Nothing says Christmas spirit like expressive taxidermy. The dude on the left is into it. So is the pipe-smoking dog.
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Apparently, the older the bison skull, the more expensive. I’ve seen them sold on the street in Santa Fe for $25-45…but I’m guessing those weren’t from historic, antique bison ūüėČ

 

on the road again…| montana | benton lake wildlife refuge

Back in August, I visited Montana and spent an hour at the Benton Lake Wildlife Refuge outside of Great Falls.

Nothing but wide-open spaces.
Nothing but wide-open spaces.
This is what drought looks like.
This is what drought looks like.
Not pictured: SO. MANY. BUGS.
I picked up a hitchhiker.
I picked up a hitchhiker.
I picked up a hitchhiker. Kudos to the staff at National car rental at Great Falls airport. Without the amazing job you did on this windshield, this shot would not have been possible.
Kudos to the staff at National car rental at Great Falls airport. Without the amazing job they did on this windshield, this shot would not have been possible.
Or this shot. I swear, I spent more time this weekend rescuing crickets trapped in my car...
Or this shot. I swear, I spent more time this weekend rescuing crickets trapped in my car…
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that these birds are well-fed.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that these birds are well-fed.

 

on the road again…| new mexico | albuquerque | boca negra canyon, petroglyph national monument

One of the signs along the trail reads that “[s]ome Pueblo elders believe that the petroglyphs choose when and to whom to reveal themselves to.”
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Let's play Petroglyph Pictionary: I see a wild turkey chasing a man in a top hat. Thoughts?
The original meaning of many of the petroglyphs have been lost to time, so they’re open to interpretation. It’s like Petroglyph Pictionary: I see a wild turkey chasing a man in a top hat carrying a large pot…
And this one is clearly Lady Gaga surrounded by moon men alongside their starship.
And this one is clearly Lady Gaga surrounded by moon men alongside their starship.
And here's an angry crab sneaking up on a dapper gentleman in suspenders.
And here’s an angry crab sneaking up on a dapper gentleman in suspenders. Nailed it.

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And I was in heels. No one is surprised.
And I was in heels. No one is surprised.

 

 

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I cannot emphasize enough how happy I was to NOT see any snakes.

on the road again…| montana | great falls

 

I'm assuming they're referring to the legal kind...
I’m assuming they’re referring to the legal kind…

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Great Falls 22 (1 of 1)Fun fact: there are tons of vintage/antique stores in Montana. Another notable Montanan business model: the casino combo.  Some popular iterations:

  • the gas station / casino
  • the restaurant / lounge / casino
  • the liquor store / casino
  • the taxidermist / casino
  • the laundromat / casino
  • the feed store / casino

Yup. “Put a casino in it” is the Montanan version of Portland’s “put a bird on it.”

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I promise I didn’t add any filters to these pics. I was in Great Falls toward the end of August, during that last spate of wildfires. Not only did it smell as if someone was burning leaves IN my hotel room, but the sky took on this brown-ish/orangey smoky tinge. It gave the entire area an eerie ambiance.

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home sweet home | new york city | manhattan

The last weekend in September, I had a chance to spend four days back in my adopted hometown of NYC for Andrew & Phil’s wedding¬†(#lifetimeofhoneymoons),¬†and I totally took advantage of the¬†opportunity to play tourist.

The view from my hotel room. Not bad, Home2 Suites in Astoria. Not bad at all.
The view from my hotel room. Not bad, Home2 Suites in Astoria. Not bad at all.
N/Q at 39th Street
N/Q at 39th Street

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Seen in SoHo.
Seen in SoHo.

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Jackson Square Park
Jackson Square Park
Mr. Brainwash's Albert Einstein/ "Love is the Answer" as seen from the High Line
Mr. Brainwash’s Albert Einstein/ “Love is the Answer” as seen from the High Line

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Flowers on the High Line
Flowers on the High Line

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Of course my favorite wine bar would open an outpost on the High Line AFTER I move to Seattle...
Of course my favorite wine bar would open an outpost on the High Line AFTER I move to Seattle…

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home sweet home | washington | seattle | waterfront

A couple weekends ago, one of my favorite aunts flew out to Washington early for a conference in Spokane to spend some time with me in Seattle. It was so much fun to play tourist with her for a weekend! I travel so much for work that when I’m home, I tend to crash…spending time exploring my new(ish) hometown was a much needed reminder of why I relocated.

This is the creepiest Samy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra have EVER looked. Period. Full stop.
This is the creepiest Samy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra have EVER looked. Period. Full stop.
One of these days I'll actually ride this thing...
One of these days I’ll actually ride this thing…

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Yes. This is a three-headed duckling. For sale. #onlyinSeattle #ormaybealsoinPortland
Yes. This is a three-headed duckling. For sale. #onlyinSeattle #ormaybealsoinPortland
I had my fortune told...
I had my fortune told…